Unlikely Bond

This is the story of a vampire hunter who has an unlikely relationship with a vampire. Set in the Vampire Knight world.

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4. The Day Alone

 

When I woke up, Katsumi was sitting in the corner of my room, where he sat last night. I wondered if he even went to bed. “Hey.” I said to him. He looked up at me.

             “You’re awake” he said. I went to the bathroom, took a shower and brushed my teeth as fast as I could. I didn’t even bother drying my hair; I just pulled it back into a messy ponytail. “Here, they left this for you.” He said when I returned and handed me a piece of paper. It read,

Dear Ayane,

Mom, Dad, and I went out on a call. We have a few things to do after, so we’ll be home around 4 o’clock. Be safe.

                            Love,

                           Hayate

P.s.  Be good.

The last part shocked me. Did he know about everything I was doing? Still, it was nice to know we’d have the house to ourselves for a couple hours. I was sick of sneaking around.

             “It’s from Hayate.” I said. “He and my parents will be gone for a few hours. It looks like we have the house to ourselves.

             “To ourselves?” he repeated. He sounded worried, like he was afraid to be alone with me. “But what if something happened to you, I-”

             “I’ll be fine.” I interrupted. “I can take care of myself. You seemed to have forgotten that I’m a hunter.” He seemed doubtful. I decided I would show him myself just how capable I was. I pushed him outside and closed the door so I could change into my training outfit.

             Vampires didn’t need to do the simple routines that humans did like taking showers or brushing their teeth. They never smelled or had bad breath. Since Katsumi didn’t get dirty for any reason, I assumed he didn’t need to take a shower, but he probably wanted to feel somewhat human and change his clothes. I went to my brother’s room and grabbed some old clothes from his closet that I thought he wouldn’t miss and gave them to Katsumi. I grabbed my staff and told him to meet me downstairs. I was sitting at the table with a bowl of cereal when he walked into the kitchen. Nobody was there to teach him about being a vampire, so I decided I’d tell him what I knew when he needed it. “I don’t know if you noticed,” I started, “but your body doesn’t produce sweat or oil anymore, so you’ll never smell bad or have bad breath. The only reason you’ll need to take a shower is if you get dirty or something.”

             “Oh. Is that a good thing?” he asked.

             “It’s one less thing to worry about.” I answered. “I thought you might want to change though.” He looked at me and chuckled.

             “Nice outfit.”

             “These are my training clothes.” I retorted.

             “You’re training today?” he asked, amused.

             “We’re training.” I corrected. He raised his eyebrows. “O come on, it’ll be fun.” I quickly finished my breakfast and lead him outside to our backyard training area.

             “What are we training for?” he asked.

             “Well, I train every day, and you, you’ve entered a new world. You never know what might happen.” I answered, picking up my staff. “First, we’ll spar.”

             “I’ve never really been a fighter.” He protested.

             “Your instincts will take over, you’ll do fine.” I assured him.

             “My instincts?” he said, like he was afraid of them. I nodded. I didn’t mean they would take him over completely though. I thrust my staff at him and he blocked it even though he wasn’t really paying attention, pure reflex. That’s what I meant. I did it a few more times and he blocked every single one, but he wouldn’t attack.

             “It’s not sparring if you don’t strike back.” I said. It went on for a bit longer and he still didn’t try to hit me. I took it up a notch. Pretty soon, I broke through his defense and hit him a few times. With nothing left to do, he finally started to hit back, but I blocked all of his punches. I thought I had an unfair advantage with my staff so I dropped it and stuck to hand-to-hand combat, but I still had the upper hand. I could tell he wasn’t trying his hardest. I got bored and kicked him behind his legs, knocking him to the ground. “Come on, you drank a pure blood’s blood. You’ve got to be better than that.” I said. A vampire gets stronger if they consume the blood of pure blood vampires, who have unique powers. He looked away, ashamed of it. I stopped talking.

             “I can’t let my instincts take over. You don’t know what they’re telling me to do, the horrifying things I think about. I try so hard to fight them every second, I can’t give into them. Not around you.” He said, still sitting on the ground. I tried to sympathize with him, but he was right. No matter how much I knew about a vampire’s true nature, I couldn’t know how he felt, not really.

             I sat down on the grass in front of him and he moved slightly away from me. I tried to slow down my movements. I wondered if he was thirsty. I didn’t know a vampire’s exact diet, but I knew he could’ve drunk a lot more than he had last night.

             “It’s okay.” I said, and slowly laid my hand against his cheek. He placed his hand over mine and looked into my eyes. We sat there silently for a minute until he quickly turned his head away, and I noticed we were leaning in towards each other. Well, at least I was, he already leaned back. I looked away too, embarrassed. I decided that was enough training for now. “Come on, let’s go inside.” I said.

             We had time to spare so we sat in the living room and watched television, a strangely inappropriate thing to be doing, it seemed. We sat on the same couch, not as close as I would have liked, but I didn’t want to push anything. I wanted to reach out and touch him, hold his hand or stroke his cheek, but I controlled myself. I wasn’t paying attention to the TV; I didn’t even know what we were watching. I was lost in my thoughts. I don’t think he was watching either, because I could see him staring at me out of the corner of my eye, like I was more interesting than whatever was on TV. I looked at the clock; it was around 12:30. I had been thinking about something, but I didn’t know if I should tell him or not. I thought I’d give it a shot.

             “Hey, Katsumi.” I said.

             “Yes?”

             “Well, we don’t know how long you’ll be staying here, so why don’t we go to your house and get some things you may need?”

             “You want to go back to that place?”

             “We don’t have much time before the association gets rid of everything there. We should go today.”  It seemed he didn’t really like the idea, but he agreed. He told me where he lived, which was on the other side of town, and I figured it would take about an hour to walk their, since we didn’t have a car. Even though he probably looked a little different from when he was human, we couldn’t risk anyone recognizing him in town. So I gave him one of my brother’s hooded jackets and hoped it would help.

             We had to walk through the village, so I thought we could stop at some of the shops on the way back if we had time. Just in case, I put some money in my pocket. I also changed out of my training uniform so I didn’t look like an idiot walking through town and packed a few things into a bag. We left the house at about 12:45, and passed through the village about 30 minutes later. I felt my phone vibrate so I took it out of my pocket and saw I had a text message from Eri. I opened it.

                             -What’s with you and that boy?-

          Eri’s my best friend, and I hate that I have to keep most of my life a secret from her. I didn’t want this to be a secret too. I texted her back.

                                    -I don’t know. It’s complicated.-

          A minute later, she texted back.

                                    –He’s sooooo hot.-

          I hoped Katsumi wasn’t looking over my shoulder.

                                    I-know.-

          I heard him snicker behind me. Damn, he was. I couldn’t get into it with her now, not when he could see what I was typing. I got another message.

                                    -Are you with him now?-

                             -Yeah.-

                             -Oh, I guess I’ll let you get back to that then.-

                             -Thanks-

            Good. Now I wouldn’t have to make up an excuse not to talk. I put my phone back in my pocket. Katsumi walked up next to me.

            “You’re friend doesn’t know, does she?” he asked.

            “About what?”

            “About me…..vampires?”

            “No. No one outside of the Hunters’ Association knows. Well, that we know of.”

            “Oh, okay.”

            We kept walking and he stayed at my side. As we got further from the center of town, the houses got further apart. Pretty soon, we were walking along the edge of a small forest. He stopped when we came upon a wide path.

            “This is it.” He said. That’s when I realized it wasn’t just a path, it was his driveway, and about 20 yards in was a small, brown house. At both ends of the city, on the outskirts, there are rural areas. I live at one end, and Katsumi lives at the other. In between, which makes up most of the town, is suburbs, and in the center is a small village full of shops and markets. It makes sense that the vampire would attack here, on the outskirts, where no one would see.

            We walked up the path to his front door and he just stood there, reluctant to go in. I grabbed the door knob, but it was locked.

            “I’m guessing you don’t have a key.” I said. He shook his head. Luckily, I packed my lock picking kit, and after a minute, we were in. It was eerie in that house. I could sense something, something foreboding. I felt like I shouldn’t have been there. There were boxes filled with knickknacks and plates and clothes, and most of the furniture was gone. I could still see the blood stains on the kitchen floor where his parents must have been. Katsumi walked silently beside me as we walked around the boxes towards the back of the house. I didn’t know where I was going so I let him lead me to his room. The bed was still there and there were boxes full of clothes and other things on the floor. He started looking through them. He found his book bag, emptied it out, and started filling it with clothes. He grabbed his some books too, and put them in the bag. We didn’t say anything. It seemed like silence belonged in this place. He packed some other things, and when I knew he was done, we quickly left.

            It felt good to step into the fresh air, out of the musty atmosphere of that house. As we walked down the path, away from the house, Katsumi turned around to look at it one last time, knowing he would probably never set eyes on the place again.

            “Well that was unpleasant.” I muttered under my breath, though I was sure he heard me.

            “Yeah,” he said, “but it was a good idea to get some things. Thanks for coming with me.” I smiled at him. I’d probably go with him anywhere. I guess neither of us were really conversationalists, we walked in silence until we got to the village. I was getting hungry.

            “I think I’ll get something to eat.” I said. He followed me to a small restaurant where I got some food to go and ate it as we walked. After about ten minutes, my phone vibrated. I opened it.

                        -Hey! You should bring that boy over to my house.-

              It was from Haruka. I rolled my eyes. She could be a little less obvious. I didn’t even bother texting back. I shut my phone and put it in my pocket. It was 2:40 and we were about 20 minutes away from my house now. We hadn’t said more than a few words to each other the whole trip, but I didn’t know what to say. I tried to think of something.

            “My friend Haruka seems to like you.” I joked. He chuckled.

            “Does she?” he said. I tried to keep the conversation light.

            “Maybe a little too much.” I said, and laughed too. “So, did you…. Have a special girl?” I hoped that wasn’t too personal. He shook his head.

            “No.” he answered.

            “Ever?” I blurted out. I put my hand over my mouth. I didn’t mean to be so rude, I was just shocked. He laughed quietly at my gesture.

            “Never.”

            “Oh.”

            “What about you?” he asked.

            “Not really. My brother’s sort of overprotective; I always thought he’d just kill them if I ever brought someone home...” I laughed at the irony of the situation, how my brother would actually kill Katsumi, but he didn’t think it was as funny.

            “So your brother, is he a hunter too?” he asked.

            “Yeah, my whole family is, but my brother, he’s incredible. Maybe even better than my parents, but don’t tell them I said that.” I laughed. But it was true. Hayate was a gifted hunter. He was strong, and an amazing fighter. He was smart too, a great tactician. I strived to be like him someday.

            “He’s better than you?” he asked.

            “Oh, definitely. I’m still in training.”

            “Training? To become a hunter?”

            “Yeah, my parents train me, just like they trained my brother. That’s why they go on calls without me, because I’m not really a hunter yet.”

             “So you’ve  never killed a…vampire?” he hesitated to say the word.

             “No, I’ve gone with them before when they know it’ll be easy, or when the Association is short on hunters, but my family doesn’t really want me on the field until I’m done with my training. I guess they just want to protect me.” Even though I get disappointed that I don’t get to go, I had to admit that. We walked the rest of the way home with little much said. I saw that my parents and brother weren’t home yet, so we walked in together.

             “Here, let me put that jacket back in my brothers room so he doesn’t notice its gone.” I said. He took off the jacket and handed it to me. He followed me up to my brother’s room and I put the jacket in his closet exactly where I found it.

             “Is that a sword?” he asked. I turned around and he was looking at one of my brother’s swords.

             “Yeah, he has a few. He a swordsman.” I probably had a sword or two in my closet too. But that was my brother’s weapon of choice.

             “Wow. That’s amazing. I didn’t know anyone still did that.” He said.

             “Do you want to see it?” I said. Since I was breaking all the rules anyways, I might as well touch my brother’s things.

             “Sure. He won’t get mad?”

             “He’s not here.” I picked up the sword. “I’ve used swords before, but I’m nothing compared to my brother. I tried to unsheathe it but it seemed to be stuck. I was holding the sword so tight that once I did open it, I slipped and cut my hand. Oh no. I thought. I looked up, Katsumi’s eyes started to glow red. I couldn’t stop him. I didn’t have my staff and I wasn’t going to use this sword on him. He flew towards me and pushed me to the floor. As long as he didn’t kill me, it would be fine. He’d come to his senses. I closed my eyes. Before he could bite me, he was gone. Someone pulled him off of me. I looked up, it was Hayate.

             “That’s enough.” Hayate said. “I can’t ignore this any longer.” He unsheathed the sword at his waist. He was serious.

             “No!” I shouted. I pushed Katsumi out of the way just in time to miss a fatal swing from my brother’s sword, but he still got his arm. “No, Hayate, don’t!” I shouted at my brother. He ignored me. He was about to swing again. I picked up the other sword and blocked his swing. He looked at me, surprised, angry. “Hayate, don’t!” I said again. I was getting my own blood on the sword handle, but I couldn’t back down. I couldn’t believe I was challenging my own brother.

             “Don’t do this Ayane.” Hayate said to me. He was still perfectly calm. I knew I couldn’t win against him, but I couldn’t let him kill Katsumi.

             “run!” I yelled to Katsumi. He didn’t move. “run!” I shouted as loud as I could. He quickly opened the window and jumped out. Hayate tried to go after him but I ran to the window and blocked his way. I held the sword out steady, even though my hand hurt.

             “Look what you’re doing, Ayane.” He said to me. “Look who you’re protecting.”

             “He didn’t do anything wrong.” I said. “He was bitten, it’s not his fault!” he knocked the sword out of my hands. It fell to the ground and he kicked it to the other side of the room. He started walking towards me; he was still going after Katsumi. I couldn’t let him get to the window, but I had no weapon. I would just have to pin him to the ground. I had to let Katsumi get away. I lunged towards Hayate and ran into him and his sword. I could feel it cut into my shoulder, but I couldn’t stop. I pushed against him. I tried to push him backwards, but he wouldn’t move.

             “Ayane!” he yelled. I kept pushing against him. He pushed me off of him and I fell to the floor. He dropped his sword and ran over to me. “Ayane! What did you do?!” I was bleeding. I could see the crimson blood dripping to the floor. I was starting to get dizzy. He took out his phone and called someone, probably a doctor from the Hunters’ Association. I couldn’t hear exactly what he was saying because my ears were ringing. I felt tired, so I closed my eyes, and went to sleep.

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